COMMUNITY HEALTH DATA
Because the health needs of a community change over time.
Every three years, Transylvania Public Health works with partners throughout the county to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA). This process includes collecting information about current issues that affect health throughout the county from various published data sources as well as interviews with county residents and key community leaders. Then we work with the community to select the county’s top three to five health priorities where we will focus improvement efforts during the next three years.
The final phase of the CHA process is developing Action Plans. Community members interested in a selected health priority gather to review relevant data, select a specific goal to address, and determine what actions we will undertake to improve that outcome.
|Substance Abuse||Mental Heath||Nutrition, Physical Activity & Weight|
|Result: A healthy, vibrant Transylvania County, free of substance abuse and underage drinking
Measure: Unintentional medication and drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population (5-year aggregates)
Goal: Reduce access to prescription medications by developing and disseminating messages about safe storage and disposal
|Result: Transylvania County supports the physical, emotional, and social well-being of all its residents
Measure: Emergency department visits for affective symptoms, suicide thoughts, and drug or alcohol use per 100,000 population
Goal 1: Support improvements to mental health care through screening, referrals, and collaborative care
Goal 2: Provide information about navigating the mental health care system to community members
|Result: All Transylvania County residents achieve health through a nutritious diet and active lifestyle
Measure: Adults at a healthy weight (measured as a BMI score of 18.5-24.9 calculated from the self-reported height and weight)
Goal 1: Social support for physical activity
Goal 2: Increased access to fruits and vegetables at small retail stores and community venues
Together, the Action Plans inform the creation of an electronic Community Health Improvement Plan (eCHIP), which includes our progress toward the goals outlined in the Action Plans.
During the second and third years of the process, we produce a State of the County Health (SOTCH) report, which details the progress made in the past year on implementing the Action Plans and improving our priority health outcomes.
• 2017 SOTCH (available March 2018)
To learn more about the CHA/CHIP/SOTCH process, contact our health educator at 828.884.3135 x241. Older CHA, CHIP, and SOTCH reports are available below, by date published: